Mount Dora Arts Festival
February 5 & 6, 2022
Art of the Deal New Years Eve Party
December 31, 2022
Details coming soon
Gallery Exhibits
Courses, workshops and more. Feed your creativity.

The Mount Dora Center for the Arts is an IRS Approved 501C-3 Not for Profit. Your tax deductible donation helps to keep ART alive. Through YOU, we can provide grants for art education and classes to underprivileged children and adults in our community. 

Give the Gift of Art

Treat that special someone to an Artistic Experience with a gift certificate toward a class or event at Mount Dora Center for the Arts! Gift Certificates can be purchased in various dollar amounts. An email with your special code will be sent to you to print out and can be applied to classes, membership or any ticketed event.

New Year's Eve Party and Fundraiser

Ring in the new year at Mount Dora Center for the Arts annual fundraising party in STYLE. Slip into that fancy dress or get your best dapper attire on and head over to Donnelly Park with the backdrop of a million twinkling holiday lights on December 31. There is always live entertainment, premium open bar, gourmet food and amazing trips and items to bid on at the silent auction. Afterwards you can walk downtown to the waterfront to watch Fireworks at midnight! 2022 details for the GALA are coming soon!

Mount Dora Art Festival

Join us on February 5 & 6, 2022 for the 47th annual Mount Dora Arts Festival held on the streets of historic downtown Mount Dora, Florida. Experience more than 250 fine artists lined along the streets to showcase a vast array of incredible talent in this juried event. There will be a kid zone, wine tasting, music and festival food to round out the amazing weekend. The event runs 9am-5pm on Saturday and 9am-4pm on Sunday and is FREE to attend.

 The 2022 Mount Dora Arts Festival is Presented by G3 development and the Mount Dora Center for the Arts.

Our Mission

The Mount Dora Center for the Arts inspires curiosity, supports creativity, and enriches lives through art, exhibits, and education.

The Mount Dora Center for the Arts is an IRS Approved 501C-3 Not for Profit. Your tax deductible donations are greatly appreciated.


The Collaborative Campaign for the Arts runs NOW through April 30. Your generous donations that are designated to MDCA are eligible to receive a 15% match from United Arts!


The Mount Dora Center For the Arts gallery is located at 134 E. 5th Ave in Mount Dora, Florida. Hours are M-F 10AM-4PM. Admission is free but donations are greatly appreciated. Gallery Volunteers are needed! If you would like to be a docent, please contact

CURRENT and Upcoming Exhibits

Take a CLASS

Experience hands-on learning and have fun! Instructors from multiple disciplines are ready to show both children and adults how to use their imagination to create unique works of art.

Our History


In 1975, a group of art-loving citizens held the first Mount Dora Arts Festival. It was a small event, but it was a big success. It was decided to have an Arts Festival every year.

In 1984, many of these same citizens of Mount Dora banded together to form the Mount Dora Cultural Council. It was their goal to celebrate the arts in Mount Dora, as well as further promote and improve the quality of the Arts Festival. Staffed by volunteers and funded through membership dues and private contributions, the Cultural Council began to grow. The following year, the Cultural Council moved into 138 East 5th Avenue. As time went by, more and more people joined the Cultural Council, and in 1986, the Board of Trustees resolved to change the name to Mount Dora Center for the Arts. The Mount Dora Center for the Arts has provided quality art experiences in the Lake County region of Central Florida ever since.

1995 – Present

In 1995, with a 30% down payment and owner-financed mortgage, the MDCA Board of Trustees purchased the building where the Arts Center is currently located.


In 2021 MDCA sold the building and have plans to move into a brand new facility on Royellou Lane in 2022/23.Today, the Mount Dora Center for the Arts brings art to lives through their annual Art Festival,  classes and workshops,  gallery exhibits, children’s outreach programs, and partnerships with local art studios.

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News press release

October, 1, 2021-Mount Dora Center for the Arts (MDCA) announced today that Janet Gamache, a prior MDCA Board member, has accepted the role of Interim Executive Director. She is stepping in for Nancy Zinkofsky, who is leaving her position as Executive Director.
Board President Deb Hitchcock acknowledged Zinkofsky’s departure stating: “The MDCA Board of Directors would
like to thank Nancy for her years of service and commitment. We very much appreciate her dedicated efforts. Nancy served at MDCA since 2007 and oversaw the Annual
Art Festival each year, MDCA’s signature event which has a tremendous impact on Mount Dora’s economy, bringing in over 200,000 visitors per year. Nancy also oversaw the annual children’s summer art camp, attended by over 4,000 children since inception. Nancy is well-known in the community for her leadership role at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts”.
“We are pleased that Janet Gamache will serve as Interim Executive Director” said Hitchcock. “Janet’s history with MDCA and her extensive experience and successes in festival management is essential to facilitating our team through this season and the 2022 Mount Dora Arts Festival. Soon, we will be seeking a permanent hire for the Executive Director position.” Janet Gamache is well-known in the community and runs the Mount Dora Craft Festival, which itself earned distinction as one of the top-ranked festivals in America by Sunshine Artist Magazine. Specifically, the Mount Dora Craft Festival ranked number four and number two in 2019 and 2020, respectively, in the category for “Best Classic and Contemporary Craft Festivals in America.” Recently, it earned the number one spot in the Sunshine Artist Magazine’s 50th Anniversary Special for “All Time Favorite Events in 2021.”
For more information, please contact Board President Deb Hitchcock at (352) 383-0880.